(Ephesians 4:30) “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
Have you ever grieved over someone? Usually we grieve out of a sense of loss. Maybe you lost a spouse, sibling friend or parent to death. Sometimes we grieve when we lose a relationship like in a divorce or a friend no longer speaks to us. It’s traumatic to suffer loss. What was once normal is no longer normal. We lose not only a relationship but we also lose a sense of familiarity. We feel lonely in these times. The Holy Spirit can be grieved as well. If this is true, then the closest we can come to understanding it is to look at it in the sense of loss.
We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. He is not only the third member of the Trinity, but He is also the One who empowers the Word of God operating in us. When we live a life that denies who we now are in Christ, it’s as if He lost the person who is the product of redemption. In these times the Holy Spirit is witnessing a redeemed person who is behaving like they were before salvation. It’s as if the redemption is worthless or meaningless when our behavior matches who we were not who we are in Christ. The redeemed person who was so familiar at salvation living in Christ’s identity has reverted back to living in their own identity. This grieves the Spirit of God. Better yet, this grieves the Holy Spirit – and He is named Holy Spirit for a reason.
But think about the grace of God working in a situation where we grieve the Lord. In spite of our behavior contrary to Him and His character, His Spirit still seals us until the Church is taken up off this earth to live with Him (“day of redemption”). He continues to cover us and protect our salvation while we live out of a sense of self. He continues to indwell us even though we are impossible roommates in this earthen vessel.
The question we all need to ask ourselves is this: Am I grieving the Holy Spirit?
If so, then it’s time to make a decision to stop.
Renewed Thought – Sometimes we hurt those who love us the most. Today is the day to stop doing that.